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General Testing Terms & Conditions 2020

Licenses and Regulations

All participants must sign on between 07:15 and 11:00 (subject to timetable changes – please view the Testing website prior to setting out on your journey for the latest information). Participants arriving late for signing on, please contact the SCL Event Manager.

All participants in testing must be at least 16 years of age. (Where a championship allows under 16’s to compete, call SCL for more details.)

All participants must produce a current Motorsport UK/FIA Competition Race Licence when car testing, a current Motorsport UK/FIA Competition Kart Licence when Kart testing or an ACU/SACU Competition Licence when bike testing, at signing on. A parent or legal guardian must counter-sign the registration form of participants under the age of 18 years. If the participant is under 18 years of age and accompanied by the Team Manager, they must provide a letter from a parent or guardian.

Where a licence is held by a governing body, please request confirmation from the governing body that a valid licence is held – email testing@silverstone.co.uk. Please bring photo I.D. to sign on. SCL has the right to refuse drivers/riders who do not produce their licence when asked.

A driver signing on with a National ‘B’ Competition Licence who is required by Motorsport UK to display a novice cross when racing, must also display a novice cross on the rear of their car when testing. A rider signing on with an ACU Licence who is required by the ACU to wear a Novice Jacket when racing, must also wear a Novice Jacket when testing.

Each participant will be issued with a wrist band which must be worn during testing. Please stop at the end of the pit lane and show the wrist band to the marshal.

All participants must wear helmets and safety clothing, which comply with the relevant governing body’s technical/safety regulations, and all vehicles must comply with governing body technical/safety regulations. Road cars/bikes are not permitted on the circuit.

Passengers cannot be carried in vehicles on circuit during testing, the only exception is for Licensed Grade A or above ARDS Instructors being in car (front seat), where the Instructor’s licence must be shown at sign on. Participants will be held responsible for the good conduct of their team personnel whilst at the Venue.

 

Noise Limits – For all Vehicles (Cars, Karts and Bikes)

Noise limits will be in accordance with SCL circuit regulations as follows:

National Circuit – 102dB on a drive-by test.

Grand Prix Circuit – will be in compliance with Motorsport UK championship regulations relevant to the vehicle being tested, maximum limit 105dB on a drive-by test.  If in doubt please call or get a noise test before going out on circuit.

Please see Section (J) Common Regulations for Competitors: Vehicles – Appendix 1 Chart 5.18: Maximum Noise Limits Drive by limits will be 3dB less than those levels stipulated in the ‘Blue Book’.

It is the obligation of the all participants/team managers to ensure that the silencer fitted to the vehicle being tested would meet with the requirements of a Motorsport UK/ACU scrutineer for that type of vehicle.

Offending vehicles will not be allowed to continue testing.

Should a vehicle fail the static or the drive by noise test and be excluded from further participation, no refund will be payable.

If it is believed that a vehicle may exceed the above limits a noise test must be requested prior to going out on circuit.

Car/Kart Testing: For the avoidance of doubt static measurements are taken at 0.5m at a 45 degree angle with the engine running at ¾ maximum static revs.

Bike Testing: For the avoidance of doubt measurements are taken at 0.5m at a 45 degree angle with the engine running at 7,500 rpm, which will equate to approximately 102dB ride by on the National Circuit.  If a bike exceeds the noise limit and is found to be without baffles fitted, the bike will not be able to continue testing.

There are a number of noise meters located around the circuit which will measure drive-by noise limits.

No racing engines may be run before 08:30 or after 17:30.

 

Filming

Teams using cameras must complete a form obtained at signing on and have the equipment checked by a member of the Safety Team.  Only bolt on mounting systems designed specifically for the purpose and not suction or other temporary mountings must be used.  Under no circumstances must Helmet Cams be used.  Drones are also expressly forbidden.

 

Venue, Paddock Access and Departure Times

Access to the Venue and Paddock will be allowed from 07:30 on the testing date. Any arrivals prior to this time, must park where indicated on arrival at the Venue. Garages and Paddock clear by 19:00.

 

Paddock Information

Please be aware of other teams, participants, contractors, pedestrians and SCL staff in the paddock, garages and pit lane. Participants are responsible for their own safety and that of other users of these areas who they may effect.

It is the participant’s responsibility to risk assess their operation and take the appropriate action to remove or minimise any hazards.

When reversing HGVs or other vehicles with restricted viewing a banksman wearing hi-vis clothing must be there to assist when reversing.

No cables or hoses must be left across walkways. Use the cable ducts provided, or cable matting.

All participants must familiarise themselves with the garage, paddock and pit rules.

Any issues of concern or hazards must be reported to the SCL Event Manager.

Due to the hazardous environment i.e. ‘live paddock’ children under the age of 16 are not allowed at the Venue unless accompanied by an adult. This adult must supervise the child at ALL times. There is no exception.

 

Garage Allocation (if requested)

Upon arrival in the paddock, please ensure only the allocated garage is occupied. If a participant chooses not to hire a garage, please ensure all team vehicles park on the opposite side of the paddock, keeping garage bays clear for those who have booked.

No vehicle shall be left overnight within the garage without the prior written agreement of SCL and with the appropriate risk assessment in place. For the avoidance of doubt any vehicles left with agreement shall be at the owner’s sole risk.

 

Pit Lane

Re-fuelling and the storage of petrol (or other fuels) is not permitted in the pit lane

No naked flames (smoking, welding, etc.) in the pit lane or garages

The pit lane is strictly one way. Vehicle access to the pit lane is via the gate between the garage blocks

Service vehicles are not allowed in the pit lane. Reckless or dangerous driving will result in exclusion from further testing

Unless participating, no persons under the age of 16 are allowed in the pit lane or on the pit wall

 

On Track

If the circuit is closed to recover a stranded vehicle, red lights and red flags will be shown around the circuit. Participants must complete the lap slowly and return to the pits, but be prepared to stop during their slowing down lap. Ignoring the red lights or overtaking under red lights will result in instant exclusion from further testing and no refund of monies paid will be payable.

The chequered flag will be displayed at the start/finish line to signal the end of a session. Participants must return to the pits.

Flag signals will be shown at some but not all flag points around the circuit throughout the day.

In the event of mechanical failure, the participant must attempt to leave their vehicle in a safe place. The participant should then wait behind the safety barrier for recovery. Team personnel must obtain permission from Race Control before accessing the circuit.

Following an accident or collision, the participant’s wristband will be removed until the participant has received the approval of the SCL Medical Team to continue testing. Furthermore for any participant falling from a bike will have their wristband removed until the participant has received the approval of the SCL Medical Team to continue testing.

The participant shall reimburse SCL the cost to SCL for the repair of damage to the property of SCL including the circuit or any part of the property (which for avoidance of doubt includes the catch fencing, safety barriers and safety vehicles) caused by the participant, servants or agents or any person in their party. All monies due to SCL under this clause shall be paid by the participant within 14 days of demand from SCL.

In the event of an incident on the circuit, involving 2 or more vehicles, where driving/riding standards are believe to be the cause, those drivers/riders will have their wristbands confiscated until the Safety Team, and if required the chief instructor have reviewed the incident using marshals accounts and CCTV footage.

If it is deemed that the incident was caused by poor driving/riding standards, SCL, reserves the right to stop that driver/rider from testing further. No monies will be refunded in this case. Those parties not at fault will be issued with a new wristband and allowed to continue.

In consideration of being granted permission to use the circuit upon payment of the fee the participant AGREES DECLARES AND UNDERTAKES: that in the event of accident, loss or damage occurring, they will not pursue any claim for damages against any other participant (save in respect of injury or death).

 

Payment Terms, Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is taken by credit card at the time of booking. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will only be given if more than 14 days’ written notice is received.

In the event of a cancellation less than 14 days before the test, NO refund or transfer will be issued.

Please email testing@silverstone.co.uk regarding any cancellations.

Should a participant’s vehicle breakdown on the day before or during testing, unfortunately, no refund or transfer will be issued.

SCL reserves the right to levy an administration fee for any changes to a booking.

 

Force majeure and the weather

All testing is offered subject to availability of dates, facilities and, of course, the weather or other events beyond SCL’s control and accordingly SCL cannot guarantee that a particular date or session will not be cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event.  A Force Majeure Event means any act, event, omission or accident beyond the reasonable control of SCL including without limitation pandemic, epidemic, outbreak, , disease, quarantine, public order disturbance, flood, storm, adverse weather condition, natural event, fire, strike, lock-out or other industrial dispute even if not beyond the reasonable control of SCL, nuclear accident, act of God, war, terrorist activity, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, act of government, compliance with any change to law, statutory guidance, non-statutory guidance, rule, regulation and/or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, non-performance by suppliers or subcontractors (other than by companies in the same group as SCL) and interruption or failure of utility or service. If SCL is unable to run a test date due to a Force Majeure Event a participant will be able to re-book their test date for a later date. Please call 0844 3728 235 for up to date weather conditions at Silverstone. A participant must contact SCL on 0844 3728 235 within 14 days of their cancelled date in order to rebook their test date. The test date must be booked and taken within 3 months of the original cancelled date and subject to the dates available being notified to the participant which may be limited. An additional charge will be levied for the rebooked test if the value of the new test date is higher.

 

General

SCL reserves the right to: session any day or move any vehicle from one session to another or cancel any test day, (SCL will endeavour to give as much notice as is possible, but this cannot be guaranteed).

Fuel Station opening times are: 08:30 – 17:00. Race Days 8:00 – 17:00. The Fuel Station supplies Gulf Super unleaded (97octane), Gulf Super 102 (102 octane), Gulf diesel.

SCL may not always be able to provide food, drink or catering facilities at the Venue.

Paddock Diner usual opening hours are 08:00 – 16:00 (08:00 – 12:00 Breakfast, 12:00 – 14:30 Hot Lunch)

The term “participant” within this document refers to the driver/rider testing a Car, Kart or Bike.

 

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